With China in mind, Japan, India agree to deepen defense

India-Japan railway cooperation for building bullet train 'pleases' China

With China in mind, Japan, India agree to deepen defense

The varied stance of US President Donald Trump over the South China Sea may also have influenced the mention of the dispute between India and Japan.

Hua said the boundary between India and China was yet to be delimited: "There are disputes over the eastern section of the China-India boundary".

Amid Japan's push for stepping up investments in India's northeast, China said today that it was opposed to any third-party involvement in the resolution of the Sino-India boundary disputes or any foreign investments in areas over which it has claims in the region. The two countries have chose to seek synergy between India's "Act East" Policy and Japan's "Expanded Partnership for Quality Infrastructure", by closely coordinating, bilaterally and with other partners, for better regional integration and improved connectivity as well as industrial networks based on principles of mutual consultation and trust. "We are now trying to seek a solution through negotiation that is acceptable to both sides", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

Japan and India have agreed to enhance cooperation in the India-Pacific region where China is increasingly becoming assertive.

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We know that resolving disputes by directly concerned parties to uphold freedom of navigation and over-flight is China's position. I have not found the word "China" in the statement.

About references to the Indo-Pacific region, which included the South China Sea, in the joint statement and calls for the countries to resolve the disputes peacefully, she said the statement mentioned disputes to be resolved through dialogue.

In the past, the Modi government has issued direct mentions of the South China Sea dispute in its past joint declarations, specifically with the United States in 2014, under the presidency of Barack Obama.

"And we stand ready to promote cooperation with India and other regional countries to promote regional development", he added.

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On September 14, the Japanese PM had said that the Japan is committed to the policy of "Make in India", even as he, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for the proposed Ahmedabad-Mumbai High-Speed Rail Network, known as the bullet train.

Addressing the media persons here, Shah affirmed that "it is our sovereign right to develop the country inside our boundaries and we will utilise that right".

Hua also brought up China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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